Rampal Power Plant : The Environmental Concerns In course of time, more and more power has become a crying need of Bangladesh as the nation is developing itself and so the new latest project taken by the Government is the Rampal Power plant to meet the need. The more a country develops the more power the country needs. Though being a developing country, power requirements are never met in our country. But this time this power plant seems to be the solution needed. Yet somehow this very solution is controversial as questions arises on funding political issues and mostly the environment.
The Rampal Power Plant, with ability to produce 1320 MW electricity, is going to be a coal fired plant to be situated at Rupsha, Khulna. The construction area resides just 17km away from the largest mangrove forest of the world the Sundarbans. As Bangladesh doesn’t have enough resources of coal the coal needs to be imported from other countries by ship. Therefore, it would cost a lot of money to import the coal. Moreover, Bangladesh an India will fund the 30% of the project cost and the produced electricity will cost 32% more than the average producing cost of the electricity now. Now the funding surely seems like a problem.
However, the concern about the environment is more than the funding. It has been predicted by the ecologists that the Rampal power plant will leave a huge negative impact on environment. As ships will carry coals to the plant through water way, the water will be polluted by the dispersed oil from the ship, fly ash, coal dust Sulphur. Moreover, when the plant will be in operation it will produce a great amount of toxic gases like carbon di oxide, carbon mono oxide, Sulphur di oxide etc. these gases will causes air pollution in the area in addition to the water pollution.
The habitats of the birds and animals of the Sundarbans will be threatened. The plants will also be destroyed eventually as the air pollution will create acid rain. Thus the bio diversity of the Sundarbans will find a great danger ahead of them. Therefore, the Rampal power plant is indeed something to be regrettable. Experts have suggested various ways and steps to reduce the pollution. Moving the power plant away from the Sundarbans is the best step suggested by the experts. The imported coal should be of good quality and the wastages of the power plant must be treated well. Yet the Government seems to be disbelieve these predictions which is really unexpected.
Power is important to develop the country but environment is important to save the country. Securing the future of a country is more important than to develop the country. Moreover, the Sundarbans alone cover most of the forest land of our country. Besides the result of effecting the forest land is known to all.
Therefore, endangering the environment is never a solution to overcome power shortage and the Government should know this.